Tag: Southwest Region

1
Mar

New Mexico SSDPers Lobby at State Legislature for the Third Year Running

For this year’s New Mexico Lobby Day, our SSDP chapters joined with several other advocacy organizations for Cannabis Awareness Day at the Roundhouse, including NM NORML (led by SSDP alum and board member Monique Chavez), New Mexico EMPACT, Grow for Vets NM, the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Patients Alliance, and the American Cannabis Nurses Association. While previous lobby days consisted

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15
Feb

Meet Our Newest Chapter at Houston Community College

We are happy to announce to the world our 6th established chapter (and 12th campus) in the state of Texas at Houston Community College (HCC). HCC SSDP is now officially recognized by their school and marks SSDP’s second currently active chapter in Houston (along with Rice University). Chapter founders Chris Mendez and Edward Peña are both planning to transfer to the University of

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9
Jan

Introducing Texas State University SSDP

It is with great fervor that I introduce Sharon Medina and the Texas State University (TSU) SSDP chapter, hailing from in San Marcos, TX. The formation of TSU SSDP marks our 4th official chapter of SSDP in Texas. Sharon has been a joy to work with since she first contacted me last March. Since then she and her chapter Vice

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6
Jan

Introducing Rice University SSDP

It is with great excitement that I announce the official formation of our 5th established (recognized by the University) SSDP chapter in the state of Texas at Rice University. Located in Houston, TX, Rice is home to the Baker institute of Public Policy, a regional and national leader in the analysis of drug policy and drug policy reform. Two of the

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6
Jan

Texas State Conference Recap

  The final SSDP Regional Conference of 2016 took place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, November 11-13, 2016. SSDPers from 10 campuses in Texas were in attendance, the largest gathering of SSDPers of any kind in the Lone Star State. This conference also happened the weekend after Election Day, so emotions were high for many

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6
Jan

Our Newest High School Chapter: Volcano Vista

Last April, I had the pleasure of announcing Matthew Aragon as the SSDP Rising Star Activist at the SSDP2016 International Conference in Washington, D.C. Since then, he has gone on to establish our newest official SSDP chapter at the high school level. Since he first contacted me in late 2015, Matt impressed me with his commitment to harm reduction and

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9
May

SSDP Welcomes our 6th Chapter to the Arizona Network!

Have you ever wondered whether flyering on campus is actually helping you recruit new members and start new chapters of SSDP? Well, in the case of the Arizona State Univesity Tempe chapter and SSDP Chapter Leader Jeremy Poet, they did. A few years ago, as a Freshman at Arizona State University, Jeremy saw a flyer for an ASU SSDP film

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17
Mar

SSDPers Lobby the Arizona Legislature

Earlier this month, SSDPers convened at the Arizona State Capitol to participate in a Legislative Lobby Day for the third consecutive year. Arizona State University chapter leaders Sarah Saucedo and Andre Maestas were there along with Arizona State Policy Intern Trevor Thornburg, and Arizona Campus Coordinator Cameron Oberlin. Also in attendance was Chris Wallis, alumnus of Kent State University’s SSDP

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10
Mar

New Mexico 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up

In New Mexico, the legislative session only lasts thirty days in even numbered years and sixty days in odd-numbered years. My overall takeaway after being at the Roundhouse for fourteen of those thirty days is that it’s an impossibly short amount of time to thoughtfully debate and vote on legislation. This system cripples meaningful debate and leaves the legislature impotent

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5
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the New Mexico State University Chapter

When beginning the process of forming a new SSDP chapter, it is always beneficial when one doesn’t have to go it alone. Having an activist partner who is passionate, dedicated and supportive is always helpful and makes it more likely that you will succeed. This is precisely what happened with Marisa Salazar and Patrick Alcala at New Mexico State University

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